W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > public-html@w3.org > July 2007

Re: ToolTips: bug or feature?

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 08:01:04 +0100
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070730070104.GE5515@stripey.com>

Joshue O Connor writes:

> Davids suggested tooltip attribute ain't a bad idea. It would remove
> any ambiguity for authors as in @tooltip="visual tooltip",
> @title="useful for additional information for not visual users",
> @alt="alternate textual description here".

No it wouldn't.  Because your definitions of title and alt there
describe their contents; your definition for tooltip descibes how its
contents will be displayed, but says nothing about what the content is.
As such, it's quite possible for content to be in multiple categories,
which obviously doesn't remove amiguity.

And having something as presentational as tooltip output being specified
in HTML creates problems for all those user-agents which can't include
tooltips.

What scenarios can you think of where an image would 'require' a tooltip
and where title isn't sufficient?

Smylers
Received on Monday, 30 July 2007 09:11:28 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Monday, 29 September 2014 09:38:47 UTC